“I am raising money towards the Starfish Asia scholarship fund to give young people a chance of higher education which would otherwise be an impossible dream. I have chosen this cause because their philosophy is that although you can’t help everyone, you can make a big difference to a few people.”
Inspired by a mission talk given by Mike and Kerstin at their local church in Guildford, Starfish supporter Ruth Coleman decided to sign up for the Isle of Wight Challenge – to walk a minimum of 52km (33 miles) miles around the Isle of Wight. Her initial fundraising target was £500.
Fast-forward a year and Ruth has had to contend with 3 national lockdowns resulting in restricted training opportunities and the official event being postponed. Rather than wait even longer, Ruth has decided to stick with the dates planned for May 2021 and take on the challenge independently. Members of the IofW Long Distance Walkers will accompany her at various stages along the route to give some moral support! The target has also increased to £2000 and is on track be be exceeded.
We are thrilled and encouraged by the enthusiasm and determination Ruth has shown despite a number of set-backs along the way, including a knee injury sustained in the winter which hampered her training. Her efforts have been truly admirable and will make a huge difference to the further education of young adults in Pakistan. At the moment the scholarship fund is supporting about 200 students to pursue a variety of courses including midwifery, teaching and engineering.
All money donated will go directly to the scholarship fund; Ruth will be covering her own expenses. If you would like to support the walk, please give as you feel able – no amount is too small. Thank you!